WHEN I CHOOSE WITH MY SENSES
So Lot chose for himself all the Jordan Valley, and Lot journeyed east. Thus they separated from each other. Abram settled in the land of Canaan, while Lot settled among the cities of the valley and moved his tent as far as Sodom. Genesis 13:11-12
Abram gave Lot first choice as to which part of the land he wanted to claim for himself. Lot chose the Jordan valley, a gorgeous, well-watered piece of property that resembled the garden of the Lord. He chose with his eyes, with his senses. His choice will come back to haunt him. That which looked lush was really Sodom and he will barely escape with his life in the days to come.
I can judge nothing with my senses correctly without consulting God. Nothing! What looks lush one day can be a wasteland tomorrow. What looks barren today can become lush once the hand of a miracle-working God touches it. I can never judge a book by its cover. I never know enough to run my life! May I learn from those who have walked before me.
Does history not teach me that God chooses the least? The ones others pass over? He chooses the uneducated, the spurned, the un-popular. When people choose leaders, they choose with their senses. They go for charisma and good looks. God’s man, as with Jesus, may be someone others walk by and never give a second thought.
God might call me to embrace a place, a calling, a companion, a direction in life that appears to be wrong. It may not glitter. It may have little earthly appeal. I should not second-guess God’s voice. Jesus was born in a stable, not a palace. What seems so common is transformed by the wind of the Spirit into something heavenly. That principle of the kingdom applies to people, to land masses, and in fact, to anything that waits to be touched by a God who turns deserts into gardens.
Are you facing a crossroads today? Does one way appeal more to your senses because it seems more fertile? Be careful. Commit yourself to prayer. It would be a tragedy to suffer a bias caused by a feast for the eyes. We risk settling, working, and marrying in Sodom.
Abram wasn’t shaken by Lot’s choice. He still trusted You and knew blessing was wherever You were leading Him. I shut the eyes of my flesh and journey with You through the back door of blessing. Amen
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